Covid-19 Vaccination information

 

Covid-19 vaccination programme
East Sussex update
18 June 2021

All adults now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine

 

I've had my jab

 

All adults can now book a life-saving Covid jab vaccine.

From today, everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country.

People can book on the national booking system – either the website or by calling 119 – or through their GP led service.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.

This opening up to the final cohort of people comes fewer than 200 days since the NHS made history by delivering the first Covid vaccine.

Already, around eight in 10 adults have had their first dose while more than half have had their vital second dose, meaning they have maximum protection from Covid-19.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “This is truly a watershed moment: whoever you are, wherever you live, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.

“Extensive planning and the tireless hard work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.

“Now we are delivering a final push to protect the country so when your time comes, or if you haven’t done so already, please play your part and come forward to make your first appointment or get your second dose.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Offering all adults a jab less than 200 days after the programme launched is one of our country’s greatest collective achievements, saving over 14,000 lives so far.

“I cannot thank NHS staff, the Army, volunteers, manufacturers and all those involved in this extraordinary national effort enough.

“Today sees vaccines accelerate in their race with the virus - so now let’s finish the job. If you haven’t yet, come forward and get your jab.”

 

 

Progress to date

 

Total Covid vaccinations in Sussex: 1,945,734

 

 

Local NHS urges people not to delay second doses

 

Vaccines highly effective against Delta variant

 

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its final stages, the local NHS is urging local residents to remember to get their second dose.

People aged 40 and over are now able to have their second jab from eight weeks after their first – moving it forward from the original 12 week period. This extends the group after people aged 50 and over were able to do this last month.

If you have booked your appointments through the national booking system, you can use the website or call 119 to move your second dose forward.

If you had your first vaccination from a GP led team, you will be contacted as quickly as possible to rearrange your second dose.

Whether you are moving it forward, or have an appointment booked, everyone is urged to attend their second dose appointment.

Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta/Indian variant.

Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AztraZenaca is 92% effective.

To date more than 1.1 million people in Sussex have received their vaccination, and more than 800,000 have had both doses.

 

 

Saxonbury House Surgery vaccination service now on the national booking system and ready to book your appointment

 

Saxonbury House Surgery

 

After incredible work to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination to people living across the Wealden area so far, the vaccination service at Saxonbury House Surgery is now calling for anyone who is yet to have their jab to come forward.

The service is now available on the national booking system, which means that you can book your appointment at Saxonbury through the booking website – nhs.uk/Covid-vaccine or by calling 119.

It is really simple and can be completed in a few minutes – booking both first and second dose appointments.

Read more about Saxonbury House now being available on the national booking system.

 

 

Community first dose pop-up session in Eastbourne this weekend

 

 

A first dose pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Sunday 20 June from 10am-1pm at Hampden Park Surgery, 12 Brodrick Close, Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9NQ.
 
The session will offer both booked appointments to its existing patients and walk-in slots to anyone else that is eligible. People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
 
This community session is for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above with your NHS number, if you know it. You should also wear a face covering. Please dress for the weather and bring a drink of water in case you have to queue for a short time.

 

 

Community pop-up session in Hastings next weekend

 

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Saturday 26 June 10.30am-3.30pm at Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BG.
 
People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
 
These community sessions are for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above.
 
If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.
 
Read more about the session and a further date at another location in July.

 

 

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Etchingham

 

People aged 18 and over who want their free first dose Covid-19 vaccine can visit a walk in clinic in Etchingham

Pfizer vaccinations will be given between 8.30am and 3.30pm at Etchingham Village Hall, Parsonage Croft, Etchingham, TN19 7BY ON, Saturday, 26 June and Sunday 27 June. This walk in clinic is for first dose appointments only.

People are not required to book or show ID to gain entry. If demand is high it is likely those attending will have to wait to be seen.  Please bring a face covering with you and respect social distancing while you queue.

The event has been organised by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust which has been running Etchingham Village Hall as a coronavirus vaccination centre with local GPS since January.

 The clinic is for first dose appointments only. The vaccine is Pfizer.
Please note that the walk in session is at Etchingham Village Hall only. All other vaccination centres still require an appointment.  Parking at Etchingham is limited for those travelling by car.

 

 

More information

 

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme

Covid-19 vaccination programme
East Sussex update
13 May 2021

People aged 38 and 39 now eligible for vaccination

The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, has opened today to people in their thirties.

From this morning people aged 38 and 39 are now eligible.

The national booking system was updated this morning and GP led local vaccination services are also able to call in this group for appointments, in line with vaccine supply.

The move to the next age group comes as nearly three quarters of people aged between 40 and 49 have had their first dose, less than a fortnight after they were offered a jab.

Second dose appointments continue to be delivered across our vaccination sites, and we encourage everyone to make sure you attend your booked appointment to ensure you receive the maximum protection from these vaccines.

See the latest update on our progress to date:

 

Total jabs in Sussex: 1,495,532

Residents in Sussex care homes given vital protection from second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination

 

Residents in Sussex care homes given vital protection from second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination

 

Teams vaccinating residents in care homes across Sussex have now visited 641 (85%) of homes (as at 11 May 2021) - giving some of the most vulnerable people in our communities maximum protection from the virus.

Care home residents and staff were prioritised after being identified in the top priority groups by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations, due to their high risk from COVID-19. Second doses are scheduled up to twelve weeks after the first and provide the most protection possible by reinforcing the recipient’s initial immune response triggered by the first vaccine.

In Sussex we have one of the highest numbers of nursing and care homes per capita across the country and so the work of the vaccination teams from local GP practices and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is a significant undertaking.

In addition, those people registered as housebound in Sussex - either living in their own homes or a form of supported housing such as Extra Care – have also now begun receiving second doses of the vaccination. 

Visiting loved ones in care homes

Alongside other protections in place, vaccination of both residents and staff in care settings as well as an overall reduction in COVID-19 cases, has helped to enable further easing of visiting restrictions for families and friends of those living in care.

From Monday 17 May 2021, the number of named family members or friends able to visit their loved ones in care homes will be increased from two to five. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed at any one time or on any given day.

Residents will also be able to go to medical appointments, a workplace, educational setting and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return.

Mobile vaccination team hitting the road in Hastings this weekend

 

The COVID vaccine is being offered closer to home for people across Hastings with a range of pop-up clinics at central locations starting this weekend and carrying on throughout May.

People over the age of 40, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

The first clinics are taking place on:

  • Saturday 15 May 10am-2pm
    Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BG
    10am-11am booked appointments. 11am-2pm walk-in.
  • Monday 17 May 12pm-4pm
    Mobile vaccination service, outside the Four Courts Community Centre, Sydney Close, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 9DD
    12pm-1pm booked appointments. 1pm-4pm walk-in.

These community sessions are for first vaccinations only. If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.

Read this update for the full list of dates and venues, and more information on the sessions

Calling for volunteers to support pharmacy led vaccination service in Rye

 

Volunteers needed

 

A new vaccination service in Rye is calling for volunteers to help them launch this month.

The service run by Ticehurst Pharmacy, which has been running the pharmacy led service in Ticehurst as part of the programme, is currently setting up at Rye Partnership’s Tiling Green Centre.

Currently they are looking for volunteers to help support the service – to be marshals, to greet people and show them through the service, and to help keep everyone attending socially distanced and safe. They are also looking for retired or current clinicians to support as vaccinators at the service. If you are interested please contact claritychemist@gmail.com

This pharmacy run service is designed to work closely with the local community and is committed to do all possible to engage with local people to deliver the best possible service. 

Bookings for this service will be through the national booking system – the website and by calling 119. Appointments will show when vaccination supply has been confirmed.

Find out more about the NHS app - and how you can help without calling your GP practice

 

 

People are being urged not to call their GP practice about vaccination information on the NHS App.

This week it has been announced that the NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday 17 May 2021. A paper version will also be available by calling 119.
 
You do not need to telephone your GP Practice to ask about the vaccine passport as they are unable to provide vaccine passports and it’s essential we leave phone lines free for people who need medical assistance.

The NHS App is separate to the NHS COVID-19 App, which is used for contact tracing.
 
Your vaccine passport will only show when you have had both doses.
 
If you don’t have the NHS App, download the NHS App now. It will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021.
 
If you already have the NHS App, it will record when you have had both doses of the vaccine and automatically create a vaccine passport which will be available from Monday 17 May 2021. You do not need to do anything.
 
If you have the NHS App and get a message to say you need to contact your GP Practice, this is an extra option to get full access to your medical records in the NHS App. It does not relate to the vaccination information. If you need this level of access please contact your GP practice outside of peak hours or by email or letter in order to keep their phone systems clear for people that need medical help. 

If you are planning to travel, please register to use the NHS App at least two weeks before travelling.

The paper letter should be requested at least five days after a second vaccine, and can take up to five days to arrive so make sure to leave plenty of time if you need it to travel.

You can read more: 

More information

 

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme



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